Leverage Virtual Expo & Virtual Training as Disaster Recovery Backup Plan (Series 1-3)

In light of today’s slow economy, most companies do not want to spend money on disaster recovery backup plan for business continuity purpose. But, we can learn from the disaster and tragedy of the recent Japan’s earthquake and Tsunami.

How many places are really safe from natural disasters? We’ve already seen how the Icelandic volcano shut down flights all over Europe. The Bay Area, Seattle, and Portland are all geologically active; many parts of the Southeast are vulnerable to hurricanes; the central U.S. is prone to tornadoes. In addition to earthquakes and volcanoes in the Asia Pacific area, the region is also subject to typhoons. Every company and business is vulnerable to any natural disaster when it happens.
It’s easy to think that having a backup or replication system in place is enough, but after watching the widespread devastation in Japan, it’s clear that we need to be thinking about how to scale up our ideas of what kind of disaster we’re planning for. We will need to review the key perspectives from three key assets:
• Your Customers – How will your customers access to your services or products when your physical storefront is not available? What communication tools are available to communicate with them in light of any disasters?

• Your Office & Employees – How will your employees work if your physical office were not available? It may be as simple as getting everybody together in the CEO’s home, or having a contingency agreement with a facilities company for alternative space. A cloud-based disaster recovery plan allows for a more workable option, which is to allow all staff members to work from home, or whatever nearby facility may be available.
• Your Computer. Almost any company today depends on its computers for survival, and the plan needs to include a strategy for continuing to have access to the data and applications that were housed on the computers in your office. You may have successfully contacted your people and figured out where they can work, but without computers (and the applications and data that reside on them), you’re at a standstill. The traditional approach would have been full redundancy and off-site data center, often too costly for smaller businesses. A cloud-based solution provides a solution, by establishing full redundancy through the cloud, without having to bear the expense of purchasing redundant equipment.

In the next few days, we will discuss how you can leverage virtual office applications such as Virtual Expo and Online Training as your Disaster Recovery backup for business continuity.

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